According to MSNBC's Tamron Hall on Wednesday, a Catholic priest denying Communion to a lesbian in Maryland is an example of "the very reason so many young people are turned off or are cautious about religion when you see moments like this."
The News Nation program featured a one-sided take on the story, which was given front page play by the liberal Washington Post .
Hall interviewed Barbara Johnson, the woman involved and then featured Michael Smerconish to criticize the Priest for only choosing to deny Communion to the gay woman: "What about someone who’s in the church who’s utilizing contraception, someone who is supportive of the death penalty, someone who is prone toward profanity or maybe even living in sin?"
Hall asked Johnson to simply narrate her story: "Take me back to when
you first realized that the priest had an issue with you being a
The woman was denied Communion at her mother's funeral. The journalist mentioned this, and the fact that Johnson wants the priest removed. However, she didn't cover the details of the woman's angry letter to Marcel Guarnizo:
"You brought your politics, not your God into that Church yesterday, and you will pay dearly on the day of judgment for judging me," she wrote in a letter to Guarnizo. "I will pray for your soul, but first I will do everything in my power to see that you are removed from parish life so that you will not be permitted to harm any more families."
[Thanks to MRC intern Jeffrey Meyer for the transcript.]
A transcript of the February 29th News Nation segment can be found below: